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Mail Call

March 19, 1998

March 20 1998

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call weekdays at 301-791-6236.

Readers are welcome to leave their recorded message on any topic they choose, but some calls are screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"Reading in the March 11 paper, 'Can this marriage be saved?' article about a man who left his wife because she let her parents run their marriage. They couldn't make a move without her parent's approval and of course the semi-Nazi magazine 'Lady's Home Journal' in their explanation and advice found some way to blame this on the man. Typical male bashing. I wish women would just stand up and take responsibility for their actions like men are expected to do."

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"Hi Mail Call. First I'd like to say that I enjoy reading your Mail Call and a lot of good articles you've had in it. Now my reason for calling is about the handicapped tags. I'm probably one of those that you are talking about. I wish that I could give you mine and my husband's problems. I have hip and lung trouble along with arthritis and my husband has a bad leg and also has arthritis. See us walk sometime. I can get around slowly but I also have other problems that I don't have time for in my Mail Call. So just remember that you can't always believe everything you see. Thank you Mail Call."

"My granddaughter got me a Norfolk Island pine tree for Christmas and they say the tree can be kept indoors but what I'd like to know is if there's anyone out there that has one and if this tree can be cut back and what kind of fertilizer should be used on it? I'd appreciate anything that they might know to tell me how to keep this tree healthy. I'd really appreciate it."

"Yeah, I'd like to respond to the person who said the policemen put their lives on the line every day. That's nothing but a crock. I mean, you don't put your life on the line when you're out stopping somebody for speeding or directing traffic or umpteen other things. There's times when they put their lives on the line, yes, but it's not every day."

"I'd like to know if any of the Mail Call readers could help me? We have water running on to our property. Someone intentionally graded their land so that it would run on us and I'd like to know if anybody could tell me the man's name at the Washington County government that I need to contact about this?"

"Ron Bowers should move out to Smithsburg so that they could get rid of him like the other Bowers. When the people vote in the County Commissioners election we will get rid of him just as easily as they did Tommy Bowers."

"Hi Mail Call. I'm asking the people out there in paperland if anyone knows how to get in touch with the White House? I have an aunt who is over 80 and I'd like to acknowledge her birthday. I also have an aunt and uncle who are having their 50th anniversary. I know the White House sends out congratulatory cards but I don't know how to get in touch with them. So if you know please call Mail Call and leave the answer."

"Is there any truth to the rumor that St. Patrick is going to drive all the liberals out of Washington?"

"Yes. Now that they have cleaned up Williamsport how about coming out to Smithsburg and cleaning up all the drugs out here? It sure would be appreciated. Our little town is being overrun with drugs all of a sudden and you can see this going on all the time and no one is doing anything to stop it. Come on out and clean up our town just like you're doing to Williamsport."

"Yes. I'd like to wish my sister Betty Doyle a happy birthday. From sister Sara. Thank you."

"You know as a taxpayer for a lot of years, I'm getting a little tired of this Hot Spot stuff that gets dumped into these areas where deadbeats take advantage of things and these programs that are meant to help people that really need the help. It's time to get these deadbeats off their backsides and let them quit living off of society."

"Yes. I was just looking at Tuesday's paper and I see that Ron Bowers has a big light out announcing he's seeking a sixth term as County Commissioner. Ron, you must think the people of Hagerstown have a very short memory. I don't think you have a prayer."

"To everyone interested in the golden oldies music of the '40s and '50s and not the music that is the choice of the DJ. We have two great AM radio stations in this area. The Memory Station on WMRE on AM 15.50 and Great Memories on WHYL AM 9.60. AM 9.60 also plays polka music every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m."

"Hi Mail Call. Since the sports section hasn't acknowledged what a great job Williamsport Wildcats wrestling team has had, I guess all the town of Williamsport will have to. Hats off to Williamsport wrestling team and Coach Chuck Martin. What a fantastic year and a great trophy to prove it. Job well done. Good luck next year."

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